For René Girard: Essays in Friendship and in Truth

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Sandor Goodhart, Jorgen Jorgensen, Tom Ryba, James Williams
MSU Press, Jan 1, 2012 - Philosophy - 289 pages
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In his explorations of the relations between the sacred and violence, René Girard has hit upon the origin of culture—the way culture began, the way it continues to organize itself. The way communities of human beings structure themselves in a manner that is different from that of other species on the planet.
Like Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Émile Durkheim, Martin Buber, or others who have changed the way we think in the humanities or in the human sciences, Girard has put forth a set of ideas that have altered our perceptions of the world in which we function. We will never be able to think the same way again about mimetic desire, about the scapegoat mechanism, and about the role of Jewish and Christian scripture in explaining sacrifice, violence, and the crises from which our culture has been born.
The contributions fall into roughly four areas of interpretive work: religion and religious study; literary study; the philosophy of social science; and psychological studies.
The essays presented here are offered as "essays" in the older French sense of attempts (essayer) or trials of ideas, as indeed Girard has tried out ideas with us. With a conscious echo of Montaigne, then, this hommage volume is titled Essays in Friendship and in Truth.

 

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Contents

Preface
Receiving René Girard into theAcadémie Française
René et moi
Great Books
My Encounter with René Girard
My Life with René
Illich andGirard
Already from the Beginning
In the Light ofRené Girard
Breakout from the Belly ofthe Beast
On Paper and in Person
HowMimetic Theory Changed My Wayof Being a Christian Theologian
In Appreciation
Dispatch from the GirardianBoundary
Tiling Still Hidden
Lessons from Early Girard

Encountering René Girard
A Phenomenology of Redemption?
The Girard Effect
The Architect of My Spiritual Home
Searching for a Pacifist Theology
The Way to More Insight andPersonal Freedom
Girard Buddhism and thePsychology of Desire
Insights and Challenges in theWork of René Girard
A Briefand Entirely Insufficient Accountof a Discovery
Mimetic Theory and ChristianTheology in the TwentyfirstCentury
Discovery and Pedagogy
About the Editors andContributors
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